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A Guide to Surviving Spouse IRA Options

In order to explain how a traditional surviving spouse IRA operates, you must first understand how it would work for you during your lifetime. Funds that you have contributed to your traditional IRA investment account are untaxed earnings, and will be allowed to grow with investment income, which will then be taxed together as ordinary […]

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What Every Same-Sex Couple Should Know About DOMA

In June of this year, the Supreme Court overruled key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), thereby eliminating the definition of marriage as one between a man and woman. Not only did this represent a tremendous victory for same-sex spouses and modern families across the country, but it also extended numerous retirement benefits, […]

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Will My Child’s Divorce Affect My Estate Plan?

The divorce rate in the United States is currently about 50% of all marriages. Most parents do not want to see their estate assets go to a child’s divorced in-law in a marital property division even though they usually want their child, and their grandchildren, to benefit from their estate. What should parents do to […]

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If you were asked, “Would you be my Executor / Trustee / Conservator?”, how would you answer that question?

Family members and friends are often asked to serve as the administrator or “fiduciary” of a Will, Trust, or estate of an incompetent person. These include the titles of Executor or Personal Representative named in a Will, Trustee of a trust, or Conservator of an incompetent person. Each appointment brings with it both liabilities and […]

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Understanding the Pros and Cons of a Life Estate

What is a life estate? A life estate is a type of ownership interest in real estate.  Most commonly the life estate is conferred by deed but may also be conferred in a will or trust.  The typical scenario pertains to a parent who wants to “give the house to the kids” for estate and asset protection […]

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The New MUTC and What It Means to You

Do you or your family members have a trust?  Are you a beneficiary, trustee or other fiduciary? The Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code went into effect in July of 2012 with the intention of streamlining the trust process and making it more user friendly. For many, this new code will change what you thought you knew […]

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Resources and Tips for Older Americans

Did you know that May is Older Americans Month? According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are 40.3 million older Americans – people who are 65 and older in the United States, which is 13% of the population. In recognition of Older Americans Month, which was first designated in May of 1963, USA.gov has highlighted […]

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Meet Neal Winston

Massachusetts Special Needs and Disability Lawyer Neal Winston is principal of Winston Law Group, LLC and a former partner of Moschella & Winston, LLP. Winston Law Group is a Boston-area law firm that specializes in elder law, special needs planning, estate planning and probate. In this video, Neal explains his background from working as a VISTA […]

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One Scary Statistic You Can Easily Avoid

Did you know that as many as 70 percent of Americans die without a will (1)? If that statistic applies to you and doesn’t scare you, then you haven’t thought about what this means for your loved ones. If you die “intestate,” meaning without a will, you leave it up to the State and the […]

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